Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses in the Workplace

Thousands of workers suffer from heat-related illnesses during the summer months each year. Outdoor workers have a greater risk of succumbing to a heat-related illness. Statistics published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that more than 40 percent of heat-related illnesses occur in the construction industry. Employers with certain health conditions are at greater risk of dying from heat-related illnesses. How Can Employers Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses? There are steps employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of developing heat-related illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that employers should adopt heat safety…

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CDC: Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Appears to Be Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that the recent outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) that affected romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region appears to be over. By May 8, there were 149 confirmed cases of E. coli food poisoning linked to romaine lettuce from this part of the US. of E. coli food poisoning. The CDC recorded 210 total cases during the outbreak. According to the CDC, the strain of E. coli (E. coli O157:H7) responsible for the outbreak was especially virulent and can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome. This is a potentially fatal…

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NHTSA Warns Ford and Mazda Pickup Truck Owners of Dangerous Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a serious warning for vehicle owners with 2006 Ford Ranger and 2006 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Both vehicles are under recall because they contain defective Takata airbag inflators, which can rupture and spew metal shrapnel into passenger cabins. The Takata airbag inflators in these vehicles have an increased chance of rupturing. Due to this heightened risk, NHTSA issued a “do not drive warning” for vehicle owners. It is the second time NHTSA issued the warning for Ford and Mazda pickup truck owners. What If I Am Affected by NHTSA’s Do Not Drive…

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Report: Drug Dispensing Errors Kill 100,000 Per Year

Prescription drug errors can leave patients with debilitating or life-threatening injuries. In some cases, patients lose their lives when they receive the wrong drugs at their local pharmacies. According to CBS News in Dallas-Fort Worth, who investigated the problem, prescription drug errors are responsible for an estimated 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. CBS News pulled its statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. There are multiple reasons why pharmacies may incorrectly dispense prescription drugs. Poor communication, similar drug names and medications that look alike are causes of medication errors. Patients may receive the incorrect medication or the…

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Do 15-Passenger Vans Have an Increased Risk of Rollover Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a warning about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. NHTSA warns that these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers. According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that increases the risk of a rollover accident. Statistics published by NHTSA show that rollovers cause roughly 60 percent of crashes involving these vehicles. In addition, older models of these vans may lack modern safety features that can prevent other types of accidents. There are a few reasons why 15-passenger vans can suffer a rollover accident. First, these vehicles…

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Can A False-Negative on a Flu Test Lead to Death?

A 15-year-old Georgia girl has become one of many US children to pass away during this year’s brutal flu season. Her story also shows what may happen when patients do not receive an accurate flu diagnosis. However, death can also occur when patients with the flu are not properly diagnosed and treated. According to the girl’s parents, they had taken her to a clinic after she became sick with flu-like symptoms. Doctors at the clinic tested the girl for the flu, but the results came back negative. Within less than three days, the girl died from liver failure. It was…

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What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in Washington DC?

Our blog recently discussed a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report on fatal pedestrian accidents in the US. The report found that pedestrian accidents have increased over the past decade. WTOP recently published an article that shows some intersections in Washington DC are safer than others if you are on foot. According to the article, some of DCs most dangerous intersections are typically filled with pedestrians. WTOP used crash data from the District Department of Transportation to create the article. The most dangerous intersections were rated based on the frequency of pedestrian crashes during 2017. Five of most dangerous intersections…

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What are Common Medical Mistakes in Emergency Rooms?

Emergency rooms are one of the most important pillars of our nation’s health care infrastructure. In fact, more than 100 million people are treated in US emergency rooms each year. While emergency rooms are a critical aspect of our national health care system, they are also facilities that may be rife with medical errors. Common medical mistakes in emergency rooms include but are not limited to: Diagnostic errors. You could receive an incorrect diagnosis in an emergency room. These medical facilities may be overloaded with patients and understaffed. As a result, doctors may not spend as much time with patients….

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What Could Cause a Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis?

An estimated one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is common in the US and throughout the world. Women who receive an early diagnosis of breast cancer can begin treatment when the disease is still in its early stages. Early treatment leads to better outcomes. A delayed diagnosis of breast cancer could allow the cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body. There are cases where women (and men) with breast cancer receive a delayed diagnosis. Possible reasons for a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer include but are not…

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Statewide Program in Virginia to Improve Teen Driving Safety

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety and Virginia State Police have launched a competitive program to improve teen driving safety. The “Arrive Alive” program began on March 19 and will run through May 4. Arrive Alive is being offered to schools and youth organizations throughout the state. As part of the program, students at participating Virginia schools will compete by developing social media campaigns that encourage safe driving. The program’s goal is to help teenagers develop safe driving and passenger behaviors. Spring and summer are the deadliest time of year for teenager drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic…

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